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Department of Anthropology

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Research in the Department of Health Aging and Society examines a wide range of issues and topics related to the fields of health studies and social gerontology.

About Us

Our faculty members have backgrounds in economics, human geography, political science, social work, and sociology. These disciplines provide the multiple lens through which we view health and aging.

Graduate Programs

Take a critical social science perspective and an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health and/or aging.

Undergraduate Programs

Our BA programs in Health Studies and Gerontology provide a multi-disciplinary focus on the study of aging and in-depth knowledge on a wide range of topics and issues in gerontology.

Latest News & Events

#HASTalks: Acceleration, contestation, and interconnection: “Vaccine nationalism” through a global lens

Y. Rachel Zhou, Professor in the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University, will offer a contextualized understanding of vaccine nationalism by attending to the complex relationships between COVID-19 and globalization.
Oct 04, 2021

Virtual #HASTALKS 2021-22

#HASTALKS brings together bright minds to discuss a wide range of subjects that foster learning, inspiration, and provoke conversations that matter in our field. Join us for the upcoming 2021-22 online sessions. All are welcome!
Sep 27, 2021

"In the News": First Edition of the Health, Aging & Society e-newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of “In the News”, an electronic newsletter published by the Department of Health, Aging & Society.
Sep 27, 2021

PhD Health & Society student, Sarah Adjekum, is part of the third cohort of graduate Wilson Leaders

Sarah Adjekum is one of three graduate Wilson Leaders who have been selected and will join their undergraduate colleagues for an intensive leadership development program, starting in September.
Jul 26, 2021

Meet Kristy Melo, Honours Bachelor of Arts Health Studies and Gerontology '21.

On top of her stellar academic record, Kristy also found time to mentor and support other students during her time with HASSA. Fun fact: Kristy started off in the Faculty of Humanities before transferring to the Faculty of Social Sciences. Learn about her road to convocation!
Jun 18, 2021

Meet Stephanie Amoah Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts Health & Society and Aging & Society '21

Meet Stephanie Amoah, Combined Hons. B.A. Aging & Society & Health and Society '21. Stephanie has always been keen on helping others and now, she has plans to pursue a career in gerontology. Read more about her road to convocation.
Jun 17, 2021